Prince Andrew refuses to talk, even as there's more news tying him to Epstein

Prince Andrew, after a poorly received interview with the BBC regarding his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, has clammed up completely in response to American efforts to question him.  His silence comes at the same time one of his former police protection officers alleges that Andrew had a very close friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's alleged procurer.

With Epstein dead, American prosecutors and the FBI are still trying to round up others who participated in his perverse and illegal conduct.  One of the people who was seen often with Epstein is Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth's second son and fourth in line to the throne.

Andrew first met Epstein in 1999, when he was introduced via their mutual friend, Ghislaine Maxwell.  Andrew had known Maxwell, Epstein's then-girlfriend, for some time.  That was the first year in which Andrew showed up as a guest on Epstein's private jet on a trip to Epstein's private "pleasure" island.

After that, Maxwell, with Epstein in tow, showed up at other parties, including a gala the queen threw in June 2000 and a private shooting party in December 2000.  A few years later, and a month after being charged with soliciting prostitution, Epstein again showed up as a guest at one of Andrew's parties, this time Princess Beatrice's 18th birthday.  He was once again Maxwell's guest, and Andrew claimed not to have known about the charge against him.

In December 2010, when Epstein was already a known ex-con, the two men were photographed in Central Park.  Andrew now says he was telling Epstein that their friendship was over.  Peculiarly, he still stayed at Epstein's house during that New York City visit.

In 2015, Virginia Giuffre (née Roberts) alleged that Maxwell had forced her to have sex with Andrew three separate times between 2001 and 2002.  Another woman contended that Andrew, while at Epstein's mansion in 2001, fondled her.

Andrew emphatically denied the accusations at the time and has continued to deny them.  Unfortunately, in a November 2019 interview with BBC about the allegations, Andrew sounded heartless, arrogant, and pompous.  He was temporarily cast out of the Royal Family for his ham-handedness, but, with Harry and Meghan sucking up the "bad royal" oxygen, the queen appears to have welcomed him back into the fold.

Since then, Andrew has clammed up completely and refuses to speak to American law enforcement:

His lawyers have been contacted by prosecutors and the FBI, which wants to interview him, according to US Attorney Geoffrey Berman.

Prince Andrew has said he did not see or suspect any suspicious behaviour when visiting Epstein's homes.

Buckingham Palace said it would not be commenting further.

[snip]

Speaking at a news conference outside Epstein's New York mansion, Mr Berman said: "To date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation."

The prince announced in November that he was stepping back from royal duties for the "foreseeable future" because the Epstein scandal had become a "major disruption" to the Royal Family.

At the time, he said he was "willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency".

Even as Andrew is in hiding from American questions, information is emerging that he had an exceedingly close relationship with Maxwell while Epstein was engaged in peak predatory behavior:

A former police protection officer has claimed that Ghislaine Maxwell would visit Prince Andrew up to four times a day at Buckingham Palace and that the pair would enjoy picnics together on the grounds on the estate in London.

Maxwell was a close friend of Prince Andrew's and is alleged to have recruited girls for US financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was also friends with the Prince.

The British socialite is said to have enjoyed afternoons at the palace with the Prince, in view of the Queen's bedroom window.

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'She turned up in a chauffeur-driven Range Rover and we let her in. Half an hour after that me and my colleague walked through the garden to go back to the police lodge and he was having a picnic with her by the summer house, opposite the Queen's ­bedroom window.

'One of my colleagues saw her come in and out the Palace four times in one day.'

It's entirely possible Andrew did nothing wrong.  Having said that, he definitely did not choose his friends wisely.

Prince Andrew, after a poorly received interview with the BBC regarding his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein, has clammed up completely in response to American efforts to question him.  His silence comes at the same time one of his former police protection officers alleges that Andrew had a very close friendship with Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's alleged procurer.

With Epstein dead, American prosecutors and the FBI are still trying to round up others who participated in his perverse and illegal conduct.  One of the people who was seen often with Epstein is Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth's second son and fourth in line to the throne.

Andrew first met Epstein in 1999, when he was introduced via their mutual friend, Ghislaine Maxwell.  Andrew had known Maxwell, Epstein's then-girlfriend, for some time.  That was the first year in which Andrew showed up as a guest on Epstein's private jet on a trip to Epstein's private "pleasure" island.

After that, Maxwell, with Epstein in tow, showed up at other parties, including a gala the queen threw in June 2000 and a private shooting party in December 2000.  A few years later, and a month after being charged with soliciting prostitution, Epstein again showed up as a guest at one of Andrew's parties, this time Princess Beatrice's 18th birthday.  He was once again Maxwell's guest, and Andrew claimed not to have known about the charge against him.

In December 2010, when Epstein was already a known ex-con, the two men were photographed in Central Park.  Andrew now says he was telling Epstein that their friendship was over.  Peculiarly, he still stayed at Epstein's house during that New York City visit.

In 2015, Virginia Giuffre (née Roberts) alleged that Maxwell had forced her to have sex with Andrew three separate times between 2001 and 2002.  Another woman contended that Andrew, while at Epstein's mansion in 2001, fondled her.

Andrew emphatically denied the accusations at the time and has continued to deny them.  Unfortunately, in a November 2019 interview with BBC about the allegations, Andrew sounded heartless, arrogant, and pompous.  He was temporarily cast out of the Royal Family for his ham-handedness, but, with Harry and Meghan sucking up the "bad royal" oxygen, the queen appears to have welcomed him back into the fold.

Since then, Andrew has clammed up completely and refuses to speak to American law enforcement:

His lawyers have been contacted by prosecutors and the FBI, which wants to interview him, according to US Attorney Geoffrey Berman.

Prince Andrew has said he did not see or suspect any suspicious behaviour when visiting Epstein's homes.

Buckingham Palace said it would not be commenting further.

[snip]

Speaking at a news conference outside Epstein's New York mansion, Mr Berman said: "To date, Prince Andrew has provided zero cooperation."

The prince announced in November that he was stepping back from royal duties for the "foreseeable future" because the Epstein scandal had become a "major disruption" to the Royal Family.

At the time, he said he was "willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency".

Even as Andrew is in hiding from American questions, information is emerging that he had an exceedingly close relationship with Maxwell while Epstein was engaged in peak predatory behavior:

A former police protection officer has claimed that Ghislaine Maxwell would visit Prince Andrew up to four times a day at Buckingham Palace and that the pair would enjoy picnics together on the grounds on the estate in London.

Maxwell was a close friend of Prince Andrew's and is alleged to have recruited girls for US financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was also friends with the Prince.

The British socialite is said to have enjoyed afternoons at the palace with the Prince, in view of the Queen's bedroom window.

[snip]

'She turned up in a chauffeur-driven Range Rover and we let her in. Half an hour after that me and my colleague walked through the garden to go back to the police lodge and he was having a picnic with her by the summer house, opposite the Queen's ­bedroom window.

'One of my colleagues saw her come in and out the Palace four times in one day.'

It's entirely possible Andrew did nothing wrong.  Having said that, he definitely did not choose his friends wisely.